Covehithe Beach and Benacre Broad Nature Reserve

July 3, 2023

Covehithe Beach and Benacre Broad Nature Reserve


One of The Suffolk Coast’s wild beaches, Covehithe is a beach where you can escape the crowds and get away from it all.

Covehithe Beach is a true hidden gem, known for its rugged charm and peaceful ambiance. Located just north of Southwold, and just over 10 minute drive from Pakefield.

The beach is reached by a single track, so is only accessible on foot. Make the walk from the village, through fields and along a footpath and you are greeted with a golden stretch of sand framed by imposing crumbling cliffs.

This is a wild beach and so care needs to be taken to respect the wildlife and the environment; with Benacre’s lagoon and conservation area sitting to the north, the beach is dotted with the North Sea’s offerings; sand blasted tree trunks of trees that once lined the cliff top.

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The Hamlet of Covehithe

Covehithe Hamlet is dominated by the imposing ruins of St. Andrews church. This medieval church is a hidden gem within a hidden gem. 

As you approach the church, you’ll be struck by its towering ruins, which date back to the 15th century. The remnants of the church evoke a sense of mystery and intrigue, with the open sky serving as its grand cathedral ceiling. Nature has begun to reclaim the structure, adding an ethereal charm to the site.

Exploring the church grounds offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, inviting visitors to reflect on the passage of time and the resilience of history. Covehithe Church stands as a poignant reminder of the village’s heritage, adding a touch of mystique to the already enchanting coastal experience.

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Covehithe Beach

This secluded stretch of coastline is a paradise for nature lovers, solitude seekers and dog walkers.

The beach is nestled within Covehithe, a small hamlet that exudes an old-world charm with its historic church and picturesque surroundings.

As you walk along the beach, you’ll be greeted by vast expanses of golden sand, dunes, and grassy cliffs. You can either head south towards Southwold or north towards Benacre Broad.

The absence of crowds and infrastructure adds to the beach’s allure, allowing you to immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of crashing waves and the cries of seabirds.

The unique natural formations, shaped by the ever-changing tides, make Covehithe Beach a perfect spot for long walks and exploring.

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Benacre Broad National Nature Reserve

A short distance north of Covehithe Beach lies Benacre Broad, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers.

This serene freshwater lake is situated within Benacre National Nature Reserve, an area renowned for its ecological diversity.

The broad is teeming with various bird species, including marsh harriers, bearded reedlings, water rail, little terns, herons, and grebes, making it a paradise for birdwatching.

The reserve’s walking trails guide you through a mosaic of habitats, including wetlands, woodlands, and meadows, allowing you to observe a wide array of flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for the vibrant wildflowers, butterflies, and dragonflies that add a splash of color to the landscape.

Covehithe and Benacre Broad nature reserve


Covehithe Beach and Benacre Broad offer a slice of untouched paradise along the Suffolk coast.

Whether you’re seeking tranquility, a nature-filled adventure, or simply a day of relaxation, these destinations have something for everyone.

Immerse yourself in the unspoiled beauty of Covehithe Beach and venture into the diverse ecosystem of Benacre Broad.

Let Suffolk Coastal Escapes be your guide to this idyllic corner of Suffolk.

Points to note:

Parking is available on the verges before the church, please park respectfully.

Due to the remoteness, there are no facilities, so make sure you pack provisions for your adventure!